Rapper Waka Flocka has embraced social protest: He has canceled a concert at the University of Oklahoma after the release of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity’s racist chant video, according to XXL. As noted in the same XXL article, this arrives after the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” commemoration and several days after the U.S. Department of Justice released its findings in the Ferguson case. The protest represents a new tone for Wacka Flocka.
Generally known as carefree and happily immature, the rapper has a distinct talent for the avoidable faux pas. Back in 2010, during an appearance on BET’s now-defunct “106 & Park,” Waka Flocka asserted that he’d always wished to major in “geometry” in college because he was a “mathematic [sic] person.” When the conversation turned to why voting should matter to the youngish crowd, his was not a Madisonian answer: “Voting’s cool. Voting’s good.” Nothing wrong with the laconic there, but the newly awakened Waka Flocka sounds different, more mature. Here’s his Instagram rationale for canceling the Oklahoma concert: